March, 2012

Five things about Martin McGuinness and the Queen of England

Tell you what. On this sun-filled St Patrick’s Day, let’s look at the Queen of England. Or to be more exact, the suggested meeting between herself and Martin McGuinness. Five things. 1.    There’s something faintly hilarious about the northern leader of a party which, for years, people would have chopped off their hand rather than […]

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Five things about Martin McGuinness and the Queen of England

Tell you what. On this sun-filled St Patrick’s Day, let’s look at the Queen of England. Or to be more exact, the suggested meeting between herself and Martin McGuinness. Five things. 1.    There’s something faintly hilarious about the northern leader of a party which, for years, people would have chopped off their hand rather than […]

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About last night in Berry Street Presbyterian Church…

I attended a historic event last night – historic in both senses, of being unique and having to do with history. It was held in Berry Street Presbyterian Church and with the BBC’s Yvette Shapiro in the chair,  there was a panel discussion between Gordon Lucy, Eamonn Phoenix and Tom Hartley. The topic was the […]

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About last night in Berry Street Presbyterian Church…

I attended a historic event last night – historic in both senses, of being unique and having to do with history. It was held in Berry Street Presbyterian Church and with the BBC’s Yvette Shapiro in the chair,  there was a panel discussion between Gordon Lucy, Eamonn Phoenix and Tom Hartley. The topic was the […]

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That tweet: a station stands accused

Oh dear. If you’re to believe the Irish Times this morning, RTÉ has got its knickers in a fearful twist about that tweet. You remember, the one that purported to come from Sinn Féin during the famous presidential Frontline  debate – or that was announced as same by Pat Kenny. You can get the timeline […]

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That tweet: a station stands accused

Oh dear. If you’re to believe the Irish Times this morning, RTÉ has got its knickers in a fearful twist about that tweet. You remember, the one that purported to come from Sinn Féin during the famous presidential Frontline  debate – or that was announced as same by Pat Kenny. You can get the timeline […]

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That Mary McArdle move

The last time I wrote about Mary McArdle,  I got abuse – some spoken, some silently acted on – from those in high places and in conspicuously low places. So it’s with my sinews, such as they are, stiffened that I tiptoe towards the topic again. Mary McArdle, you’ll remember, was convicted for being part […]

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That Mary McArdle move

The last time I wrote about Mary McArdle,  I got abuse – some spoken, some silently acted on – from those in high places and in conspicuously low places. So it’s with my sinews, such as they are, stiffened that I tiptoe towards the topic again. Mary McArdle, you’ll remember, was convicted for being part […]

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The Irish language and two verbal muggings

I’ve been reading a biography of Alice Milligan,  an amazing woman from the wonderful town of Omagh. She came from a fiercely anti-Home Rule Methodist family, yet she spent her long life (she died in the 1950s) promoting Irish republicanism. An integral part of that work, she believed, was the promotion of Irish culture in […]

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The Irish language and two verbal muggings

I’ve been reading a biography of Alice Milligan,  an amazing woman from the wonderful town of Omagh. She came from a fiercely anti-Home Rule Methodist family, yet she spent her long life (she died in the 1950s) promoting Irish republicanism. An integral part of that work, she believed, was the promotion of Irish culture in […]

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